Sep 10, 2021
3 mins read
Day2: #100DaysofInfoSec - Security+ & Study Plan
What is the certification?
According to COMPTIA, the Security+ certification is the first security certification that a candidate should earn. This certification provides you with a baseline and foundation of knowledge to support careers in security.
Why do I want the certification?
Based off what I’ve read from the COMPTIA website and job description, I feel as though this certification will assist in my transition to the security field. A lot of this information is completely new to me so this way I challenge myself and gain the necessary knowledge while doing it. This is my opinion, and this is what works for me.
What do I hope to achieve with this certification?
I hope this certification opens doors wide open for me. This certification will show my foundational knowledge to be successful in a role in Cybersecurity. The process of being disciplined enough to set aside time to study will speak volume for my character.
How am I studying for the exam?
To study for this exam, I am using:
· CompTIA Security+ All-In-One Exam Guide
· Professor Messer’s Youtube videos & Practice Exams
· 101 Labs CompTIA Security+
· CISCO Learning NetAcad- Network Fundamental Course & Cybersecurity Courses (Intro & Essentials)
· Black Cybersecurity Association study sessions
· Black Girls Hack study sessions
I used the certification objectives as my baseline. I documented each chapter & Professor Messer video that corresponded to a specific objective.
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I study one objective a day. I read the Chapter associated with that objective and take the Chapter Exam afterward. I watch Professor Messer to further cement the information. I take practice exams at the end of each week. This way, I can familiarize myself with the type of test questions that are on the exam. This way, I can identify keywords that will gauge me to select the correct answer. I do hands-on lab work to give me that extra boost of knowledge. I use 101 Hands-on lab, TryHackMe & Get Certified Get Ahead labs site. I’m a hands-on type of person. The more hands-on work I do the better I understand and know that it’s embedded in my brain. Studying for the Security+ will also prepare me for using various technologies as well as being able to acknowledge them. Practice, Practice, Practice! I read or listen to a YouTube video on Network Fundamentals to gain more network skills.
I’ve also starting using the Pomodoro technique and I really like it! The Pomodora Technique is a time management system that encourages people to work with the time they have – rather than against it. You basically set an amount time aside say 25 minutes. You will study for 25 minutes straight and break for five-minutes & repeat! EASY!
Black Cybersecurity Association & Black girls hack host various study & information sessions that I attend every chance that I get.
I’ll end todays blog with a quote.
“Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.”
Hope this helps! Tomorrow I will dive into Network Fundamentals!